The Rural Health Care Challenge and Opportunity

Urban and suburban patients have advantages not generally available to those living in rural settings, including easy access to more healthcare professionals, specialists and well-equipped medical facilities, better roads and taxi service, public transportation systems, and broadband Internet. The challenges of providing rural health care present opportunities for innovative organizations willing to take them on, because doing so helps improve the nation’s health care system overall.

It’s kind of like when President Kennedy visited Houston’s Rice University in 1962 and said, “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”

And it’s why we support Intel’s Eric Dishman and his call for a “Going to the Moon” type of effort to reduce health care costs with technology solutions – solutions that enable home health care and aging in place. As a nation, we must address the rising costs by creating personal, networked, home-based care options and move at least 50% of care from hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted care facilities to homes.

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You Can’t be too Careful

Mark SegrestBy Mark Segrest

Wayne Caswell and I have teamed up to create a site for discovering and sharing information about today’s Home Health and Aging issues. Wayne will provide technically refined analysis, and I’ll present perspectives from my own family experience.  My Goal here is to share my experience and start discussions on subjects that help other families. So please feel free to comment on any of my posts. I feel we all need all the help we can get.

I will address family issues of having an older relative to care for. My number one suggestion is to PLAN AHEAD, since being ready for the arrival of Grandma will make life much easier for all.

My story includes four phases and some suggestions that could improved the experience.
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